"Hong Kong Mambo" by Tito Puente

Discussion in 'Salsa Music' started by salsa4fun, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. salsa4fun

    salsa4fun Sonero

    Hi Guys,

    I am currently working on a new timing video for the "Hong Kong Mambo" by Tito Puente, and I have a couple of questions:
    1. Which kind of vibes does Tito play in this song? Marimba? Vibraphone?
    I tried to look for clear photos of Tito playing the vibes online, however couldn't find.
    2. In the end of the song there is a short concluding passage that is played on the vibes (around minute 3:40). For me, it resembles Chinese music - is it a pentatonic scale that Tito plays?

    Any additional observation and interesting trivia about this song is welcome as well!
  2. sweavo

    sweavo Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

    referencing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJK7n0QyIlE

    The instrument is definitely wooden so not vibes. It's also not pentatonic as you can hear lots of accidentals (sharps and flats)
  3. salsa4fun

    salsa4fun Sonero

    So is it a Marimba that Tito plays in this song? According to info I found he mainly played the Vibraphone and the Marimba


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